Hillsborough County has marked National Good Neighbor Day by announcing the winners of its 2023 Neighborhood Awards. The awards recognize community organizations in unincorporated Hillsborough County that foster healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods through exceptional programs, projects and events.
National Good Neighbor Day was established in 1978 to encourage people to take time to care for and connect with their neighbors.
These three winners were recognized:
- Keystone Civic Association earned the Engaged Neighborhood Award for hosting several community events at Keystone Park in Odessa, including food drives, movies in the park, and fall festivals.
- Summerfield Master Community Association, Riverview, won the Safe Neighborhood Award. An increasing number of wildlife sightings and interactions were reported in the community, so leaders sought help and direction from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to speak to community members to learn about the different animal species they may encounter and how to best handle them if they do.
- Calusa Trace Homeowners Association earned the Healthy Neighborhood Award for hosting an annual community event that engages dozens of neighbors. Volunteers from the Calusa Trace HOA, Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office staff, and Steinbrenner High School students and faculty spent hours collecting hundreds of pounds of garbage along Calusa Trace Boulevard and the conservation areas and ponds in Lutz to benefit the environment.
These three winners are now finalists for the Neighborhood of the Year Award.
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